ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY AND TSA OFFERS SUGGESTIONS FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL
PITTSBURGH, PA (December 17, 2009) - The Allegheny County Airport Authority and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are advising travelers to be prepared for security this holiday season in an effort to make travel safer and easier. Holiday travelers flying from Pittsburgh International Airport are advised to arrive at least 90 minutes prior to their flights. Passengers traveling during PEAK travel periods, 5 a.m.-8 a.m. and 2 p.m.-5 p.m., are advised to arrive up to two hours before their scheduled departures to avoid missing flights.
"It is essential to allow sufficient time to travel to the airport, park, check luggage and proceed through the security checkpoint," said Joseph Terrell, TSA federal security director at Pittsburgh International Airport. "Passengers who are prepared for security screening before they reach the checkpoint will help make the process easier for both themselves and other passengers."
If you are picking up someone at the airport, the Airport Authority reminds you that stopping on the highway or airport roadways is prohibited and suggests that you use short term parking. The fee is $1 for the first hour.
The following travel tips are offered to help ensure a pleasant trip:
- Be prepared for the screening process at the security checkpoint.
- Remove overcoats and shoes.
- Place laptops or other large electronics, including video game consoles and DVD players, on the X-ray belt for screening.
- Place all liquids, gels and aerosols (3.4 ounces or less) from your carry-on bags in a one quart zip-top plastic bag. Larger quantities of liquids, gels and aerosols are permitted in checked baggage.
- Snow globes contain liquid and regardless of size are not permitted through the checkpoint.
- Many holiday foods like cakes and pies have characteristics similar to liquids and gels. These items are permitted but may require further inspection.
TSA also suggests passengers leave gift packages unwrapped to allow for proper inspection when passing through the security checkpoint. Also, to minimize the risk of damage or loss, passengers should pack fragile or valuable items in carry-on baggage.
When booking new airline tickets, remember TSA is working with the airlines to phase in Secure Flight, a behind-the-scenes watch list matching process that makes travel safer and easier by keeping known or suspected terrorists from obtaining a boarding pass. When booking future airline tickets, passengers should use their name as it appears on the government ID they plan to use when traveling, as well as their date of birth and gender. Airlines are phasing in this program, so if passengers are not prompted for this information when booking travel or if there are small variations between a name and a reservation, this should not impact travel. Once fully implemented in 2010, Secure Flight will reduce misidentifications of passengers by more than 99 percent.
For a complete list of items you can and cannot bring on board, and for more information for travelers with special needs, visit www.tsa.gov.